"Watch Me" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Disney show dance track is fun and positive for kids.

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Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

The song is all about being yourself and having a good time. "I don't need what's popular to know what's right or wrong."

Positive role models

The video shows the duo shedding their celebrity "image" and just dancing with friends and having fun. "Just go and do what you do, cuz there's nothin' to prove."

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The single promotes the related Disney Channel TV show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this squeaky-clean track is a feel-good, positive song about dancing and being yourself. It's worth noting that the main vocals aren't actually sung by the Disney duo featured on the tie-in TV show and music video, but chances are that your tweens won't mind or even notice. Troy wasn't actually singing to Gabriella the first go-around, either. ...

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Kids say

What's the story?

"WATCH ME" features Bella Thorne and Zendaya from the Disney Channel's hit show Shake It Up, but the single's lead vocals are actually sung by country-pop up-and-comer Margaret Durante. The video features Thorne and Zendaya leaving a fancy photo shoot to dress down and hang out with friends on the dance floor.

Is it any good?

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Although "Watch Me" is typical Disney pop, it's still a perfect party tune for tweens with its positive message about being yourself and having fun. The lyrics say "I don't need no magazine to tell me who to be, and I don't need to pose for p-p-p-p-paparazzi ... I'm just being me, watch me do me." The video shows the bubbly Thorne and sassy Zendaya smiling, dancing, and letting loose, so it's fine for kids -- or anyone who just wants to learn a few new dance moves.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences between a celebrity image and the real person. Do you think celebrities act one way for the cameras or audiences, and another way when they aren't in the limelight? Behind the make-up and fancy clothes, are they just like the rest of us at the end of the day?

  • Do you ever feel the need to act a certain way when you're around different people? Why? Can you give some examples? Is it ever OK to sometimes "wear different hats"?

  • What do you think about the fact that someone "behind the veil" is actually singing most of the lead vocals -- not the stars featured? Do you still want to buy the music? Do you feel misled?

Music details

Artists:Bella Thorne, Margaret Durante, Zendaya
Release date:June 28, 2011
Type:Single
Label:Walt Disney Records
Genre:Pop music for kids
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byMysterious_ballerina August 1, 2011
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2
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Dumb

Get the real version by some other that first sung it, not the one by Bella and the girl with one name it's autotunned so bad. Don't bother...also why do ALL Disney stars have to sing
Kid, 12 years old July 28, 2011
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6
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Great for very young kids, but Bella and Zendaya can't sing.

This song is somewhat catchy, but Zendaya and Bella as you can tell are autotuned. Younger kids will enjoy this very much. The message is good, but dont get the CD for your tween/ or teen. I dont really like it so they might not. Why is it that all Disney stars have to sing?
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Teen, 13 years old Written byImSoRegal July 28, 2011
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Gives a good message..but...

It is nothing but autotuned pop garbage. I DO like the message, but wish kids these days would listen to something more easy on the ears. :P
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